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Chapeltown Swimming Club

Chapeltown Swimming Club

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A SHEFFIELD swimming pool and its associated club are making sure their 50th anniversary go with a huge splash.

Chapeltown Baths first opened in December 1961 and provides swimming teaching - privately and for 12 local schools - to more than 1,000 children every week.

The baths on Burncross Road are also the home of the Chapeltown Amateur Swimming Club, which began the same year.

Now a string of celebrations are planned to mark the anniversary.

Kath Burgess, chairwoman of the baths’ volunteer board of directors, said: “Fifty years is a magnificent achievement and we felt we must mark the occasion with events that would recognise all aspects of the community we serve.”

The baths were nearly closed in 1995, but were saved by the local community, who helped turn them into a not-for-profit organisation.

Kath is appealing to locals to contribute a ‘memories board’ that is being planned for the anniversary, but is also asking for information about the baths’ history.

She said: “I’m often approached by people who share their fond memories of the baths and it would be wonderful to display these as part of the celebrations.

“We know when the official opening took place, but can anyone tell us the date when it was first open to the public? Were you there at the opening and one of the first to swim in the pool?”

Celebrations kick-off with a sub-aqua try-dive tomorrow.

Members of Chapeltown Sub Aqua Club will give adults and children over 12 the chance to have a go at deep sea diving from the comfort of the Chapeltown pool.

Other celebrations include a water-based ‘It’s a Knockout’ tournament on Sunday, September 25, a children’s swimming gala on Sunday, October 9, and a 60s-themed party on December 9.

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